Martial artists love traveling to places where they can train their art. Learning new techniques from different part of the world is something that they aim to do. This isn’t done just to learn the most techniques, but also to discover the traditions and history that came with the martial art. This is also influential in making action movies, as some of the places where martial arts are being practiced have become filming locations for martial arts films. There are also filming locations that became iconic in martial arts films, particularly because of the intense fighting scenes shot there. Because of this, some travelers who practice martial arts might want to visit these places for themselves. With that being said, here are 8 places a martial artist would love to throw a punch.
- Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) China
This beautiful mountain range is one of the most beautiful mountain range in China, and it even became the inspiration for James Cameron’s world of Pandora in ‘Avatar‘. For martial arts fans however, this is one of the filming location for ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘. This is a popular tourist destination where one can hike the mountain and train on their own, just like the lone warriors that are usually seen in movies.
- Chatsworth Nature Preserve, Los Angeles, California
Fans of the original Karate Kid would surely want to experience the training that Daniel endured under Mister Miyagi’s guidance by visiting the Chatsworth Nature Preserve. Although punching the animals in there is not a good idea, it would be a fun place to visit just for the view and nostalgia alone.
- The Ghost City, China
Another beautiful scenery made famous by the ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ is the Ghost City. It’s a geological city made of jagged rock formations that has been shaped by the winds that create strange moaning sounds, hence the name. Training martial arts here would be a challenge, but it would be a spiritual experience for whoever plans to visit.
- Anhui Bamboo Forest, China
Yet another filming location from ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ made it in this list. Who could blame them? The fight scenes filmed in these locations showed the martial arts to the international audiences in a beautifully choreographed, albeit over the top action sequence. The Anhui Bamboo Forest is one of the scenes that anyone who has watched the film will surely remember.
Martial arts and the Great Wall of China are both a big part in the country’s history. It just makes sense that the first practitioners of the art form will have plenty of locations to practice the martial arts. The wall was part of the training in the Karate Kid reboot, but even before that film was released this place has been a travel spot for those who love to train martial arts in one of the countries that started it.
- 5401 Olympic, Los Angeles
This house filming location in Los Angeles would be a great place for shooting a fight scene within various rooms. Every room has something different to offer while keeping it in just one house. Martial artists can make use of the various items in the environment for fighting tons of gangsters or ninjas.
- Shaolin Temple Dengfeng, China,
A temple that trains students in the art of Shaolin Kung Fu, which is probably the first thing that people think of when they say martial arts. The monks are very helpful and willing to train anyone who is willing to give their best. Their training is so rigorous that most of the people who visit there don’t last long.
Eskrima/Arnis might not be a well known technique by the average person, but to the martial arts world this form of fighting is something that is worth learning. It employs several techniques that don’t just involve punching and kicking, but also the use of weapons such as knives and sticks. People from all over the world, travel to Cebu, Philippines just to learn from the grand-masters living there.
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This article was contributed by Cyrel P. Nicolas, a writer, information wanderer, movie addict and internet marketing specialist for almost 5 years now at CollabUX Web Solutions Co. Currently, he is the marketing director of LightsOnLocation – a premier directory of filming locations.